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Audacy, Notre Dame Strike Radio Broadcast Deal

WBBM Newsradio in Chicago will now broadcast all Notre Dame Football games.

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Chicago Notre Dame fans rejoice! Audacy and the University of Notre Dame have announced a multi-year radio broadcast agreement surrounding Notre Dame Football. As part of the relationship, WBBM Newsradio in Chicago is airing all Fighting Irish football games airing on the Notre Dame Radio Network, beginning with the team’s season opener on September 5 against Florida State.

The Notre Dame Radio Network remains the only national college radio network in the country.

“Notre Dame football is a powerhouse college football program with a large alumni and fan base across Chicago,” Regional President and Market Manager of Audacy Chicago Rachel Williamson said in a press release. “It’s our honor to bring the Fighting Irish games to listeners on WBBM-AM’s premier signal.”

Audacy owns and operates 39 all-sports stations across the U.S. Its broadcast portfolio reaches nearly 30 million sports fans monthly and boasts a leading collection of radio play-by-play coverage in the United States.

“We are pleased to add WBBM-AM to the Notre Dame Radio Network family, particularly as we enter the 100th year of Notre Dame football on the airwaves,” President of Notre Dame Global Partnerships Theodore Loehrke said.

This continues a strong relationship that the two sides built going back to Sep. 2018 when Entercom (now Audacy) became the exclusive home for all of Notre Dame Athletics.

“We are excited to partner with the University of Notre Dame, a leader in college athletics, and about this new phase for Radio.com,” Entercom Senior Vice President and General Manager Pam Russo said back in 2018. “We are leaders in everything audio and confident that Radio.com is poised to become a daily habit for the millions of listeners we reach per month. Our custom, curated experience, premium editorial, and unmatched spoken-word content is what sets Radio.com apart and provides a different and unique value proposition for fans and for advertisers.”

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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